Fruit of the Spirit

God’s nature doesn’t automatically appear in humans. While the spirit of a human has been born again and is a new creature, the human soul must be trained, or renewed.

Galatians 5:22-25 discusses the fruit of the Spirit operating in a human. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

1Corinthians 13:1-2 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

We have to recognize God’s character in order to emulate it. When Paul wrote about the fruit of the Spirit, notice he said fruit, as one fruit not many fruits. The fruit of Holy Spirit operating in the human spirit produces many results. All those results are fruit. Earlier in that chapter, Paul was discussing the fruit of the flesh. They are envy, murder, hatred, and everything evil. The human, untrained flesh would produce fruit of an untrained soul. Paul wasn’t talking about the human skin or muscles. In Romans 12:2 Paul warns humans not to be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

In 1 Corinthians 13:11-13 Paul goes on to explain when he was a child, he spoke as a child, he understood as a child, and he thought as a child: but when he became a man, he put away childish things.

We don’t see the whole picture now; but then face to face: now we know in part; but then we will know even as we are known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. The word that was translated charity in that scripture is agapē The Greek word agapē in English might mean love, affection or good will. So love is our goal.

The manner in which the born again Christian conducts themself should be governed, managed and fueled by love. Faith, hope and love are forces that produce like fruit. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance are the fruit of a born again spirit reflecting God’s nature in a human.